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The Tigers storm back to take the lead in the 6th inning of Game 6

Oct 19, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz didn’t have enough gas to get through the sixth inning of Game 6. After shutting the Tigers out through five, he showed diminished velocity and command, as he walked lead-off batter Torii Hunter on consecutive 88 MPH fastballs. He then surrendered a single to Miguel Cabrera through the hole between third base and shortstop, prompting manager John Farrell to exit the dugout to bring in lefty reliever Franklin Morales.

The slide continued as Morales walked the struggling Prince Fielder on four pitches, then was nearly taken deep by Victor Martinez, who drove a single high off of the Green Monster in left-center, scoring Hunter and Cabrera.

Farrell called on right-hander Brandon Workman to halt the Tigers’ newfound momentum. He did, getting Jhonny Peralta to hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia dashed towards Martinez caught in no-man’s land off the first base bag, tagging him for one out. He then fired home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, catching Fielder in a rundown. Saltalamacchia chased Fielder up the line back to third base, tagging him a foot off the bag. Peralta advanced to second base on the play, then was pinch-run for by Don Kelly.

Workman struck out Alex Avila looking to end the frame. Though the Tigers took the lead, the Red Sox have to feel good about how they played damage control. Not only could the score have been much, much worse, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland removed one of his best hitters thus far in the post-season for a pinch-runner, who ultimately failed to even attempt to score.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    In that situation Morales shouldn’t be allowed near the stadium, let alone the mound. What exactly is Farrell thinking putting him in there?

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      I would have personally paid the 300 dollars for him to sit in the bleacher seats.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    John Farell needs to teach Bunting 101.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    SHANE MFINNNG VICTORINOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    im drunk, forgive me

  4. thebadguyswon - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    What a completely useless sack of shit Prince Fielder is.

  5. titansbro - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    No need for forgiveness. That was unbelievable. Would love to be down by Fenway right now.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Thank you. I wasn’t kidding about that tequila shot when Morales came in. I may have upped the number by 100%

  6. cabrera24 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    No lie about prince ^. That guy is wasting a spot in the lineup right now .

  7. sandrafluke2012 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    LEYLAND AND PRINCE ARE STUPID ((*(U(*US(*U

  8. dafern0560 - Oct 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    What the hell are the tigers paying Prince Fielder so much money for. That big nut is just a waste…

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